Deciding Where to Search
Does your assignment recommend certain source types (e.g. peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, data, books, videos)? Depending on the topic, you might look for books, articles, media coverage, or other online sources. If your topic is very current, there may not be many books or scholarly articles because scholarly works can have a long publication process.
Who has written on/discussed your topic?
A topic like "race relations in prisons" might be explored by scholars in sociology, law, criminal justice, public policy, psychology, or ethnic studies. Use the databases and other library resources recommended in the Subject Guides to locate the subject databases you need.
Articles: Academic Search Complete contains scholarly, popular, and professional journal articles from most disciplines. Or search most of our databases simultaneously on the library's homepage. These are often good places to start your research.
Primary Sources: See our guide to Finding Primary Sources.
Newspaper Sources: Go to Finding Newspaper Articles.
Government Information: Go to Government Information
Still not sure where to search? Ask a Librarian!
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